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Bike-Linked Head Injuries Plummet for U.S. Kids, But Not Adults

Bike-Linked Head Injuries Plummet for U.S. Kids, But Not AdultsFRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news and bad on rates of head injuries among America's bike-riding public: Rates for these injuries have sharply declined among kids but barely budged among the growing number of adult bike riders.Between 2009 and 2018, increasing helmet use, construction of dedicated bike lanes in cities and other safety interventions have greatly reduced bike-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), especially among kids ages 10 to 14, a new report finds. "Overall, the rate of emergency department visits for bicycle-related TBIs decreased by approximately one-half [48.7%] among children and by 5.5% among adults," said a team led by Kelly Sarmiento. She's with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, part of the U.S. Centers for...

New Insights Into Treating Mild Head Injuries

11 May 2021
New Insights Into Treating Mild Head InjuriesTUESDAY, May 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- It may be possible to treat the thinking problems that result from repeated hits to the head, a new laboratory study suggests.The new experiments with mice are the first to offer a molecular analysis of what happens in the brain after repetitive but mild blows to the head, said researcher Mark Burns. He is head of the Laboratory for Brain Injury and Dementia at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C."Most research in this area has been in mouse models with more severe brain injury, or in human brains with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)," Burns said in a university news release. "This means that we have been focusing only on how CTE pathology develops. Our goal was to understand how the brain changes in response to the low-level head...

COVID-19 Appears to Have No Lasting Impact on College...

10 May 2021
COVID-19 Appears to Have No Lasting Impact on College Athletes` HeartsMONDAY, May 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Heart complications are rare among college athletes who have had COVID-19, according to a small study."Our findings may offer reassurance to high school athletes, coaches and parents where resources for testing can be limited," said senior author Dr. Ranjit Philip, assistant professor in pediatric cardiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in Memphis.For the study, Philip and his colleagues looked at 137 athletes (68% male) in 11 college sports who were referred for heart screening before returning to play after contracting COVID-19.On average, the athletes were evaluated 16 days after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.Most (82%) had COVID-19 symptoms, but they were mild for the majority (68%)....

Heart Risk Factors Show Up Earlier in U.S. Black Women

6 May 2021
Heart Risk Factors Show Up Earlier in U.S. Black Women THURSDAY, May 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Young Black American women have high rates of lifestyle-related risk factors for heart disease, a new study indicates. The findings show the need to help them adopt healthy eating and physical activity habits, as well as make it easier for them to access health care, the researchers said."Young people should be the healthiest members of our population, with normal body weight and normal blood pressure," said study author Dr. Nishant Vatsa, an internal medicine resident at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. "Diet and exercise play a major role in blood pressure and weight. Primary care providers, prevention-based clinics and community organizations can facilitate interventions proven to mitigate these risk factors," Vatsa said. "Providers...

Drug Saxenda Aids Weight Loss — But You Should Exercise, Too

6 May 2021
Drug Saxenda Aids Weight Loss — But You Should Exercise, TooTHURSDAY, May 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The weight-loss drug Saxenda can keep extra pounds off — but combining it with exercise brings a bigger payoff, a new clinical trial finds.The study found that some longstanding advice is valid: Prescription weight-loss drugs work best when used along with — and not in place of — lifestyle changes.Saxenda (liraglutide) is a prescription drug approved in the United States for spurring and maintaining weight loss when added to calorie-cutting and exercise.But whether the drug plus exercise is any better than the drug alone — or exercise alone — has not been rigorously tested.The new trial, published May 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine, did just that. And it found that over one year, the combination won, helping people shed more...

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